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Our keynotes will provide you access to the most impactful and powerful thought leaders on the program. Hear from high-profile thought leaders and Business Executives as they cover key business trends that are driving the future of work.

Product Innovation Keynote

Our product innovation keynotes provide you access to innovators and disruptors in HR Technology to provide insight into how technology is solving key business trends or challenges that are impacting the profession.

Theme Keynotes

Our theme keynotes provide you the opportunity to get close with thought leaders, big thinkers, and prestigious leaders who will share insights into key trends in Leadership, Engagement, Talent, Learning and HR Technology.

Lost Lecture

We’ll be taking you off to a secret location away from the Summit for a few hours. Over lunch you’ll have the opportunity to hear from an industry leader and interact with your peers - outside a traditional learning environment.


A masterclass is a means to present a real-world account on a particular topic, situation or event. Led by a speaker with expert knowledge or skills in a particular area these sessions often provide best-practice advice or insight into new or innovative solutions that are forging new paths.

Breakfast Briefings

Our breakfast briefings are sessions which give you a chance to get a deeper perspective on a topic and also get the chance to get into debate on the topic. We’ve designed them to provide the chance for open and frank discussions about the current trends and challenges impacting the profession whilst enjoying delicious food in the company of industry colleagues.


Our CoLab’s focus on a challenge outlined by the session leader. The leader will steer you through the process in small groups using agile learning methods. You’ll have the chance in small peer groups to get to the heart of the challenge, debate the issue and allow you to develop deeper insights, reach conclusions and formulate recommendations for the future. This should give you tangible takeaways to be able to implement immediately into your organisation.

Thought Exchange Roundtables

Sharing experiences and knowledge are key elements to HRD UK. These roundtable discussions with small groups of peers give you the chance to share perspectives on hot topics and key challenges facing the profession. Have a say in the topics you want to discuss on the day! Voting will open 3 weeks before the event date – watch out for our welcome email to get involved.

Tech Village

The Tech Village will showcase the most disruptive innovations in HR technology with live demos. Come visit the Tech Village or pop by our Tech Stage where you can hear about some of the latest disruptive technology and solutions.

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Lightning Talks

Illuminate us but make it quick! True to its name a lightning talk is a very short presentation on a current topic in a quick, insightful and clear manner.


Press the Pause Button and get present with yourself and your objectives for the Summit. Practice the skills that enable the clarity, focus and resilience needed to prioritise effectively and unlock all the potential the HRD Summit has to offer. Drop by the Chillout Lounge and learn how to practice and deploy the evidence-based mind training that enables individuals and organisations to truly flourish.

HRD Café

Whether you are looking for a chance to unwind, catch up on the days’ happenings or network with peers, the HRD Café is the place for you!

InFocus Panels

Envisioning the Workforce of 2030. Our expert panel made up of business thought leaders and executives will share their insights and pioneering research around the future of work. This interactive session looks beyond re-imaging how things are and towards innovating the endless possibilities of what they could be.


MATCH Meeting sessions are an opportunity for you to focus on a current business challenge. This is facilitated by our MATCH Meetings networking platform. Our NEW platform has an inbuilt algorithm that organises business meetings focused on solving current business challenges – ensuring all connections are meaningful.


NEW to the HRD Summit is our HRDLive. Streamed LIVE across the two days HRDLive provides an opportunity for you to hear from the inspiring speakers or a deep dive into a session you may have possibly missed.

Workday Drinks Reception

Join all other event attendees for drinks and live entertainment. Here you will have an opportunity to unwind and enjoy the company of your fellow colleagues over some delicious drinks whilst enjoying the live music on offer.

HRD Awards Shortlist After Party

A party not to be missed! Join your colleagues and industry peers as we announce those who have been shortlisted for the prestigious HR Distinction Awards.

Entries for the 2019 HR Distinction Awards are now open! For more information and to submit your entries, visit

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1000 Delegates
100 Speakers
8 Streams

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